Economics

Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
53 minutes

Whether it’s basket making in Northern Quebec, or selling plastic toys in urban China, this collection of short films calls attention to our increasingly complex and contradictory relationship with our stuff.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Clara van Gool | 
The Netherlands |
 2016 | 
32 minutes

In London’s bleak financial district, traders, bankers, and hedge fund managers describe an atavistic society, blood red in tooth and claw. As they move through the city streets, bodies become a metaphor for the extremity of an industry that twists and bends human nature into torturous form. -DW

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 4:15pm
Jacob Smith, Jon D. Erickson and Kathryn Goldman | 
US |
 2017 | 
93 minutes

Five people — including a school bus driver from LA, an anti-poverty activist from West Virginia, the organizers of Democracy Spring, and Senator Bernie Sanders — all come together in an intersectional coalition that offers a glimmer of hope in these dark days.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:30pm
Yuri Ancarani | 
France, Italy |
 2016 | 
70 minutes

Yuri Ancarani’s beautiful and bizarre film takes us inside the rarefied world of Middle Eastern falconry. Here the sport attracts passionate devotees from the Qatari hyper-rich who compete at auction for the best birds, drive deep into the desert to train their charges, and then assemble in Mad Max-style stadiums for spectacular tournaments.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Luke Walker | 
Australia/US |
 2017 | 
83 minutes

Political junkies will enjoy this light-hearted look into the political campaign of Dr Ben Carson, who briefly polled ahead of Donald Trump in the 2015 run for the Republican nomination, and sought to define himself as the anti-establishment candidate who appealed to “real people.”

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30pm
Christian Tod  | 
Austria / Germany |
 2017 | 
96 minutes

Imagine receiving a cheque every month that would cover your essential needs. How would you spend your time? What would you do with the extra cash? Unconditional basic income, guaranteed annual income, and negative income tax are just a few of the names for the social security program that has been gaining momentum around the world.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Jérôme le Maire | 
Belgium / France / Switzerland |
 2016 | 
85 minutes

For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit at one of Paris’ biggest hospitals. The result is gripping and infuriating, tragic and ridiculous. It’s like ER meets The Office, as directed by D. A. Pennebaker.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Pau Faus | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
86 minutes

Ada For Mayor is the incredible story of Colau’s journey from radical grassroots activist to principled politician. It is also the story of a movement that triumphed against all odds: the leftist Guanyem party, created by and for the citizens of Barcelona, committed to defending their rights against all affronts. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
François Jacob | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
110 minutes

French-Canadian filmmaker François Jacob captures life in contemporary Norilsk (the city alone produces 20% of the world’s nickel) with a roaming camera, depicting the city and its residents with care and curiosity. A mix of black and white archival footage and a minimalist piano score softens the industrial-strength grimness. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:45pm